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Director:
Writers:
Ernest Tidyman (screenplay) and
John D.F. Black (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
2 July 1971 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The mob wanted Harlem back. They got shaft...up to here. See more »
Plot:
Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(15 articles)
User Reviews:
A classic black movie See more (76 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Roundtree ... John Shaft

Moses Gunn ... Bumpy Jonas
Charles Cioffi ... Vic Androzzi
Christopher St. John ... Ben Buford
Gwenn Mitchell ... Ellie Moore

Lawrence Pressman ... Tom Hannon
Victor Arnold ... Charlie
Sherri Brewer ... Marcy
Rex Robbins ... Rollie
Camille Yarbrough ... Dina Greene
Margaret Warncke ... Linda
Joseph Leon ... Byron Leibowitz
Arnold Johnson ... Cul
Dominic Barto ... Patsy
George Strus ... Carmen
Edmund Hashim ... Lee
Drew Bundini Brown ... Willy
Tommy Lane ... Leroy
Al Kirk ... Sims
Shimen Ruskin ... Dr. Sam

Antonio Fargas ... Bunky
Gertrude Jeannette ... Old Lady
Lee Steele ... Blind Vendor
Damu King ... Mal
Donny Burks ... Remmy
Tony King ... Davies
Benjamin R. Rixson ... Bey Newfield
Ricardo Brown ... Tully
Alan Weeks ... Gus
Glenn Johnson ... Char
Dennis Tate ... Dotts
Adam Wade ... Brother #1
James Hainesworth ... Brother #2
Clee Burtonya ... Sonny
Ed Bernard ... Peerce

Eddie Barth ... Tony (as Ed Barth)
Joe Pronto ... Dom
Robin Nolan ... Waitress
Ron Tannas ... Billy
Betty Bresler ... Mrs. Androzzi
Gonzalo Madurga ... Counterman
Paul Nevens ... Elevator Man
Jon Richards ... Elevator Starter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Gordon Parks ... Apartment Landlord (uncredited)

Directed by
Gordon Parks 
 
Writing credits
Ernest Tidyman (screenplay) and
John D.F. Black (screenplay)

Ernest Tidyman (novel)

Produced by
Joel Freeman .... producer
David Golden .... associate producer
Roger H. Lewis .... producer (uncredited)
Stirling Silliphant .... executive producer (uncredited)
Ernest Tidyman .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Isaac Hayes 
J.J. Johnson 
 
Cinematography by
Urs Furrer (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Hugh A. Robertson 
 
Casting by
Judith Lamb 
 
Art Direction by
Emanuel Gerard 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Drumheller 
 
Costume Design by
Joseph G. Aulisi  (as Joe Aulisi)
 
Makeup Department
Martin Bell .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Steven P. Skloot .... unit production manager (as Steven Skloot)
David Golden .... production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ted Zachary .... assistant director
Kurt Baker .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Alan R. Green .... dga trainee (uncredited)
Allan Wertheim .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Hal Bock .... chief carpenter (uncredited)
Robert Hart .... chief construction grip (uncredited)
Jack Wright Jr. .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Lee Bost .... sound
Hal Watkins .... sound
Charles Geller .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Robert Rogow .... boom man (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Tommy Lane .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Pronto .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Louis Gerolomi .... gaffer (uncredited)
Ronald M. Lautore .... camera operator (uncredited)
Randy Munkacsi .... still photographer (uncredited)
Larry Orlick .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ed Quinn .... second grip (uncredited)
Robert Royal .... key grip (uncredited)
Jack Volpe .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Ron Zarilla .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Celia Bryant .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Paul L. Evans .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Tom McIntosh .... technical assistant to composer
Mayuto Correa .... musician (uncredited)
Charles 'Skip' Pitts .... musician (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
James Fanning .... transportation captain (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Bud Brown .... auditor (uncredited)
Ozzie Brown .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Cle Kent .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Tom Miller .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
100 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Iceland:16 | Italy:T | Netherlands:16 (video rating) | Norway:16 | Peru:14 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
The women backing vocalists in the film's theme song are Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent Wilson from Tony Orlando & Dawn.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: The outline of a microphone is visible under Shaft's turtleneck at one point when Bumpty Jones visits Shaft at his office.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
John Shaft:[holding up his middle finger to a cab driver who is honking his horn at him] Up yours! Get out the way!
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Soundtrack:
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A classic black movie, 2 October 2013
Author: Maziun from Poland

I can understand why modern viewers aren't too impressed with „Shaft". Compared to modern action movies there isn't really much action here and it isn't anything spectacular – no huge shootouts , kung fu fights , big explosions , car chases and so on. There is lot of dialogue and the pacing is rather slow.

You know what ? Those are the reasons why I really like "Shaft" . It feels like a REAL LIFE story . Not every movie has to be an over the top spectacle for simple minded audience. For me less is more . I can hardly care for action hero when he's doing impossible stuff like jumping over the missile with a truck. Here the danger feels real . There is no villain . A simple bad guy with a gun can end your life and you have to be very careful . Shaft uses his muscles only when necessary . He prefers to outsmart his enemy , because violence can lead you as far. When he's fighting for life , you FEEL that he's fighting for life.

The movie captures the gritty atmosphere of 70's New York City . In this world everybody is walking a thin line between law and law of street . I also like that Shaft is a detective and the investigation actually plays important part through whole movie . Not to mention that characters here feel like they could exist in real life.

Richard Roundtree is great as the charming bad ass Shaft who is one foot in the world of black people and the other foot in the world of white people. He easily dominates the whole movie with his tough , confident and wise cracking personality. Women , both black and white are attracted to him (We get to see naked women – something you can't see in action movies anymore). The other actors give him solid support. I liked Charles Cioffi as Vic Androzzi and Moses Gunn as Bumpy.

The movie is worth watching for the delightful dialogue. Believe me – there is more tension in a scene when Shaft talks to Bumpy than in many car chases. The movie is very dialogue heavy , yet it's a true pleasure to listen how characters talk with each other . Most of the dialogue is quite humorous . You should prepare pen and paper to note .

The action scenes are nicely photographed . There is a great title song by Isaac Hayes (it won Oscar) and during the movie you can hear few other nice songs. "Shaft " is mostly entertainment , but it was also an important movie for black people. It's one of those rare movies where the black guy is a hero . The situation now changed , but long time ago it was a breakthrough movie . "Shaft" also captures really good the tension between white and black people back in the 70's.

I give it 7/10.

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